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Sean Beienburg

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Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0602
Biography

After growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, Sean Beienburg attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, graduating in 2008 with majors in politics and history, and completed his doctorate at Princeton University in New Jersey in 2015. Before coming to ASU, he taught at Haverford College and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Beienburg's teaching and research interests include the U.S. Constitution and constitutional law, Arizona constitutionalism, federalism and state constitutionalism/politics, American political thought and development, executive power (both presidential and gubernatorial), parties and interest groups, 19th and early 20th century political and constitutional history, and Prohibition.

He is the author of Prohibition, the Constitution, and States' Rights  (published by the University of Chicago Press, 2019) and is finishing another book on states as constitutional interpreters and progressive federalists in the progressive and New Deal eras. 

He is the project director of the Living Repository of the Arizona Constitution initiative.

In addition to his scholarly work, he also written about the political themes of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.

Education
  • Ph.D. Politics, Princeton University 2015
  • B.A. Politics and History, Pomona College 2008
Publications

Book:

Prohibition, the Constitution, and States' Rights (University of Chicago Press, 2019)

 

Publications (peer-reviewed journals):

"Progressivism and States' Rights: Constitutional Dialogue between the States and Federal Courts on Minimum Wages and Liberty of Contract." American Political Thought 8 (2019): 25-53.

"Neither Nullification nor Nationalism: The Battle for the States' Rights Middle Ground During Prohibition." American Political Thought 7 (2018): 271-303.

"The People Against Themselves: Rethinking Popular Constitutionalism," Law and Social Inquiry (2016):242-66. (with Paul Frymer)

"Contesting the U.S. Constitution through State Amendments," Political Science Quarterly (2014): 55-85

"A Pilgrimage to the Disneyland of Faith," PS: Political Science and Politics  (2010): 359-61. (with Justin Crowe and Susan McWilliams)

 

Publications (law-review)

"States' Rights Gone Wrong? Secession, Nullification, and Reverse-Nullification in Contemporary America," Tulsa Law Review (2018) 191-204.

 

Publications (popular)

“Originalists Were Always for (Some) Judicial Engagement,” Law and Liberty (January 2020)

“Prohibition and Federalism: Lessons for Today,” National Review (December 2019)

“Prohibition and the Constitution’s Limits” Law and Liberty (October 2019)

“Arizona: Born Angry” Constituting America, Series on Federalism and State Constitutions (July 2019)

"Prohibition, then and now," US News and World Report (December 2016)

"Reflections on the Revolution in Gotham: Of Burke and Batman," Pop Matters (2012)

Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 394Special Topics
CEL 492Honors Directed Study
CEL 493Honors Thesis
CEL 494Special Topics
CEL 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 294Special Topics
CEL 394Special Topics
CEL 492Honors Directed Study
CEL 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 394Special Topics
CEL 492Honors Directed Study
CEL 493Honors Thesis
CEL 494Special Topics
CEL 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 294Special Topics
CEL 492Honors Directed Study
CEL 494Special Topics
CEL 499Individualized Instruction